Grunegghorn (3,860m / 12,664 ft)

I’m not really a mountaineer, but one year I decided to go on a Moran Mountaineering summer course – called the Oberland Odyssey.  This was a 5 day trip, staying in mountain huts and involved walking down the Aletsch glacier, before attempting the highest peak in the Bernese Oberland, the Finsteraarhorn, (we got to within 300m of the top but turned back due to low cloud) and then climbing anything else on the way back…  That’s what got me into this situation (in August)…

I think my Gravatar, or whatever it’s called that comes up when I ‘Like’ something, shows me standing, in all my gear, at the far end of this precipitous ridge.

18 The ridge to the Grunegghorn

Wainwright’s Coast to Coast ‘walk’

In a brief departure from my Swiss posts…

Each year some friends and I used to do a recognised long distance path in the UK.  Below the six of us are having the obligatory ‘start’ photo at St Bees before heading off to Robin Hood’s Bay.  We normally completed them in a relay, with two separate groups (in this case of 3) and we covered the 180 miles in 5 days.

17 Colin, Pete, Liam, Dave, Tim and me, at the start of Wainwright's Coast to Coast

Aiguille de la Tsa

One of the mountain guides working for Moran Mountaineering was learning to fly and on his day off, he’d take people up for a spin if they paid for his lesson.  Anyway, he passed his test and I managed to get a front seat view as we toured the Val d’Hérens, flew over the glaciers and around the Matterhorn then back down the Val d’Anniviers before returning (and landing perfectly I might add) in Sion.

We passed this well known peak and to my amazement, we saw not only 2 people on the top but 2 more climbing up the left hand side as you look at the photo.  I’ve shrunk the photo size, but you might just be able to spot them if you zoom in.

16 Aiguille de la Tsa (with people on the top)